Manta Trust Expeditions in the Maldives

Experienced researcher from the Manta Trust have accompanied a series liveaboard dive vacation in the Maldives in 2018

These trips, were part of the PADI Travel Eco Project to explore this conglomeration of atolls, islands and reefs aboard a diving liveaboard. And special because there was one researcher from Manta Trust on the liveaboard. Manta Trust is a leading non-profit organization with the goal of researching and protecting manta rays. These experts were teaching all about manta rays and answer all the divers questions.

Experience Overview

These expeditions have been scheduled to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents. These two factors strongly influence the movements and feeding habits of manta rays. The aim of these trips was to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find feeding aggregations and allow the guests to experience the wonder of immersing amongst a feeding frenzy of manta rays.

Just north of the Baa Atoll, the trip ventured into Raa Atoll, one of most unexplored atolls. However, this group of islands is regularly visited by mantas and hosts some stunning dive sites. Vertical walls covered in soft corals, gardens of anemones and mantas gliding above the divers heads are only a few of the marvels of the region.

Ari Atoll is famous for being regularly visited by whale sharks. Venturing into this atoll, the divers were seeking out these gentle giants and had the chance to visit some of the richest and most spectacular dive sites in the Maldives. Ari Atoll also hosts the second largest manta population in the country, and divers had many opportunities to find manta aggregations and night feeding events at some specific sites.

Finally they visited Lhaviyani Atoll, another spectacular northern atoll. Here sharks, schools of eagle rays, tunas and other large pelagic fish are the main characters in the dives. They also encountered more manta rays and went diving on one of the most beautiful shipwrecks in the country.

Protect What You Love

During these diving holidays, divers had the opportunity to experience and participate in cutting-edge conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals.

Divers personally contributed to the research by collecting photographic identification images of the mantas they encountered throughout their vacation. All new manta rays have been added to the database, and divers were invited to name these new mantas.
Every manta sighting contains crucial information for developing effective management and conservation strategies to protect these increasingly vulnerable animals

The Manta Trust

A UK registered charity, the Trust’s mission is to advance the worldwide conservation of manta rays and their habitat through robust science and research, by raising awareness, and by providing education, influence and action.
The Manta Trust was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate global research and conservation efforts for these amazing animals, their close relatives and their habitat.
Data Collection: The Manta Trust has a number of research projects worldwide, such as incorporating population data, researching manta movements, and completing genetic analyses – to name a few. These projects serve to further the understanding of the general ecology of manta and mobula rays.

PADI Members go free to DIVE MENA Expo!

The DIVE MENA Expo

26th February -2nd March 2019

Dubai, UAE

Exclusive PADI Member Offer

Free access to the show if you’re a PADI member – just show your PADI card on entry!

The DIVE MENA Expo co-located with Dubai International Boat Show offers everything that a scuba diver can imagine – from the latest equipment on the market, product demonstrations and showcases, and talks from renowned speakers in the scuba diving field.

DIVE TRACKS

Dive Tracks will be a series of exciting talks led by diving experts that cover a complete range of topics for divers from diving with marine life, underwater photography, local dive spots for marine conservation and much more!

IMRAN AHMAD

An internationally known underwater photographer. He is known for his Experimental Photography with light and motion. Read more

ERNST VAN DER POLL

Ernst runs his own PADI Dive Center and swimming academy, where he teaches adaptive diving for people with life-changing injuries. Read more

CHRISTELLE HOLLER

Christelle has been involved in ocean conservation projects for many years working closely with Oceana, Conservation International and The International SeaKeepers Society. Read more

STRAP A TANK AND BREATHE!

Try out the new dive pool! Lead by Bermuda Diving who will cover training on basic scuba skills and introduce attendees to the joy of the underwater world.

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Maldivian Force for Good

During the resent BOOT show in Düsseldorf, Euro-Divers Worldwide together with PADI had the privilege to raffle a piece of art painted underwater by a Maldivian artist named Ihfal Ahmed.

The proceeds were generously donated to the Project AWARE foundation.

About the artist

Hussain Ihfal Ahmed, is a compelling artist who has experienced different mediums and techniques. His understanding of art led him to break free from art practices that are holding artist from reaching a favourable outcome. These artworks are a challenge to break boundaries and creating new techniques and insights.

He has more than 15 years of experience in the field. He creates his paintings to make people aware of climate change and sea level rise that are threatening the very existence of his home country Maldives.

The artist, who was born and raised in Maldives hopes to convey the urgency of threats to his nation through art!

The lucky winner …..

PADI Supporting the Maldives Dive Community

2018 has been a successful and busy year in the Maldives. As Regional Manager I have been out and about supporting Dive Centers and Instructors with a host of activities and events.

So, what has been happening? Member forums, specialty workshops, business development workshops and AWARE Week, are just a few of the many events across the Maldives. I would like to thank you for your continued commitment and support at these forums, training days and events.

It has been particularly inspiring to see how many PADI Professionals have taken part in the DPV workshops around the Maldives. PADI has teamed up with BluEmotion, the official SUEX DPV distributor in the Maldives.

As a result of this partnership, we have been conducting several unique ‘Business of DPV’ training events in the Maldives. Diver Propulsion Vehicles have proved crucial business tools for dive centres in the Maldives, however the techniques involved in maximising their effectiveness are often misunderstood. The aim of the two day workshop was to not only show how these DPV work and how to include them in the dive centres daily operation, but also to give staff the tools to successfully sell PADI DPV courses in order to increase certifications and revenue.

The workshop have been conducted complimentary and were conducted by PADI Regional Manager Matt Wenger, together with experts from BluEmotion who specialise in the use of DPVs in the Maldives. These workshops were aimed at PADI dive centre staff and included for example:

• How to effectively teach this course
• Marketing techniques for increasing certifications
• How to integrate the use of DPVs into your business model
• Pricing strategies
• How to set up and run a DPV wing of your dive business
• Specific details on the Suex DPV and their use
• The opportunity to register as a PADI DPV Centre of Excellence
• PADI specialty DPV training

Should you be interested having one of these DPV workshops conducted at your dive centres, please contact matt.wenger@padi.com

Marketing & Event Support

There is a range of support available as well as assets ready for your use. Be sure to use the PADI Dropbox account for access to the latest marketing materials. As well as this, the PADI YouTube Channel and the image library on Flikr is a great source of visual content available for use. There is also a host of support available if you are looking to step outside your center and run an event or take part in a show.
Please email Matt Wenger for any further information and support.matt.wenger@padi.com

Why Egypt!

Egypt has 1682km (more than 1000 miles) shore on The Red Sea. The Red Sea is famous with the variety of beautiful dives that it can offer, along with the variety of species found in the Red Sea.

The Red Sea is one of the warmest in the world all year around by 2 C°. The Red Sea salinity is 4% higher than any other ocean. This is mainly because of the high rate of evaporation of the seawater (about 2 m per year), the little feed of fresh water into the sea through rainfall full with mineral comes from the volcanic mountains of the Red Sea Mountains and Lack of significant rivers or streams draining into the sea, as well as the limited connection with the Indian Ocean. The high salinity combined with the relatively warm seawater temperature is forming the ideal habitat for its very diverse, multiple and preserve coral and marine life.

Egypt is the home of some of the best dive sites in the world such is

The Thistlegorm Wreck, Ras Mohammed, Abu Nuhas Reef, Dahab Blue Hole, The Brothers, Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Alam Dolphin House, Abu Dabbab and Daedalus Reef

All the above along with all year around sunshine, beautiful skies, reasonable prices and only few hours flights away from Europe made Egypt one of the best destinations in the world for divers.

You won’t know what you missing until you dived the Red Sea.

 

The God Father of the Hyperbaric Medicine Dr. Adel Taher

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Adel Taher on many occasions either during one of his seminars or during social events for divers.

I still haven’t met any diving professional or even a diver in Egypt who doesn’t know Dr. Adel and the amazing work.

Dr. Adel is the proud owner and manager of the Hyperbaric Medical Center in Sharm El Sheik. This centre recently celebrated 25 years, open 24 hours a day for 25 years serving divers.

The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame has announced the names of four new members who will be inducted into the hall of fame this year. One of the four Inductees this year is Dr. Adel; he will join fellow dive industry pioneers who have helped cultivate and revolutionize the sport of scuba diving.

Dr Adel is considered one of the world’s top experts in hyperbaric medicine, Dr. Adel Mohamed Taher is best known for establishing the most sophisticated diving medical facility in the Red Sea, which continues to provide a foundation of safety for the expanding dive tourism industry in the region and beyond.

As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor since 1982, Dr. Taher has played a vital role in promoting diver safety in the Red Sea region by managing diving emergencies, participating in medical research projects and conferences, and acting as an adviser for governmental and non-governmental agencies.

 

On behalf of all divers and dive professionals in Egypt, I would like to thank you Dr. Adel

Go Diving 2019

PADI will be exhibiting at Go Diving, taking place at Ricoh Arena, Coventry (UK) from Friday 22nd February – Sunday 24th February 2019.

Get your exclusive discounted tickets now

Use the code PADI2018 at the check-out to receive your exclusive 10% PADI discount on tickets – use this code to get discounted tickets for Saturday and Sunday as well!

Book your tickets

Visit the PADI stand (25), where the Team and our Stand Partners will be on hand to answer all your questions and show you our latest products and features. There is more exciting news coming so please keep checking this page as it will be regularly updated.

Find out what’s on:

Over the course of the show we’ll be holding some great seminars and workshops, which we’d love you to join us for. Don’t forget to register (once open) for the Member Forum if you’re planning to attend. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

DateTimeSeminar/Event Location
22/02/1909:00 – 10:30CDTC Q&A: What it takes to become a PADI Course Director Jaguar Suite
22/02/1910:45 – 11:30Risk ManagementJaguar Suite
22/02/1911.45 – 12.30Master the art of entry-level conversionJaguar Suite
22/02/1912.45 – 13.30Discover a new world of opportunity through PADI TravelJaguar Suite
22/02/1913.45 – 15:00Member forumJaguar Suite
23/02/1910.30 – 10.55Q&A with PADI Ambassadiver Luca HalesInspiration Stage
23/02/1914:00 – 15:00Member ForumJaguar Suite
24/02/1910:30 – 10:55Q&A with PADI Ambassadiver Luca HalesInspiration Stage

Member Forum 2019 at The Go Diving Show

Discover the latest news from PADI and catch up with PADI Pros in your area.

Friday 22nd February 2019 – Register Now

Saturday 23rd February 2019 – Register Now

We look forward to seeing you!

Your PADI EMEA Team

PADI Santi Dry Suit Diver Distinctive Specialty launch exclusive for PADI Course Directors

Are you interested to get a new PADI Distinctive Specialty rating? Are you a PADI Course Director? If your answer is yes to both of those questions, we have great news for you!

Together with the leading drysuit manufactures we developed a new Distinctive Specialty – Santi Dry Suit Diver. It covers all the recent development in Santi dry suits, under suits and accessories and uses advanced teaching approach. It is exclusive for a PADI Course Directors. After successful completion of the program, you will get a rating of Distinctive Instructor Trainer for this new speciality.

Want to apply? Register HERE

The launch is designed as a 2-day program and will take place in Santi Headquarters in Gdynia, Poland. You will participate in standards and product presentations and workshops, demonstration of the manufacturing process and pool session to get familiar with course structure and specific skills.

  • Place: Santi HQ Gdynia, Poland
  • Time: 5th-6th March 2019 (arrival on 4th March, departure late evening at 6th)
  • Costs: we have a special offer for the launch event – contact us to get more details

Do you have more questions? Contact PADI Regional Manager – Michal Kosut michal.kosut@padi.com or +48 602 789 508

Want to apply? Register HERE


PADI Wins TAUCHEN Award for the 21st time in 21 Years!

Every year, for over two decades, the readers of the highly popular German diving magazine, TAUCHEN, are invited to vote for their preference in 17 different industry categories. With the magazine focusing on dive travel, equipment and industry news categories include equipment, dive shops and diver training organisations.

The bronze dolphins awarded for each category winner are often referred to as the ‘oscars’ of the diving industry and are highly coveted. PADI has been the unwavering favourite diver training organisation, taking home the bronze dolphin statuette for the Best Diver Training Organisation every year, since the award’s inception.

This year, we’re extremely proud and honoured to have been awarded the prestigious TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organisation again.This would not have been possible without the continued hard work, professionalism and dedication of the PADI members and the continued loyalty of PADI Divers.

This year the awards were presented on 24th January, 2019, in conjunction with the BOOT Trade Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Mark Spires collecting TAUCHEN Award

“Thank you to Tauchen magazine and their readers for recognising PADI as the world’s best Training Organisation for the 21st year. I would like dedicate this award to PADI Members across the planet, whose expert diver training and professionalism keep PADI as The Way the World Learns to Dive. Together We are PADI, and a Global Force for Good.”

– Mark Spiers, Vice President of Training, Sales and Field Services for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Training Bulletin Live – Webinar Schedule 1Q2019

Please find below the dates for the next round of Training Bulletin Live Webinars:

Join us for information and discussion on the latest updates and the philosophy behind them. This is your chance to ask questions and get tips on how to make the most of new opportunities. Alternatively, if you can’t join us live you can watch the recording – just register as usual and we’ll send the link once it’s ready.  

German04/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8373485129000840963
English05/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7655798703495079938
French06/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2086508426150257153
Dutch07/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7720034371787905027
Greek11/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/330889622980117762
Polish12/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4044895865516850947
Portuguese13/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6331410561089540610
Scandinavian14/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7080753024490919171
Italian15/02/2019https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7537944252772899330
Arabic19/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4896679828545072897
Spanish 19/02/2019https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6384882010973893377
Turkish20/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7889411940892748290
Russian21/02/2019https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1271617479578303746

If you have any questions regarding the webinar you can email training.emea@padi.com. We look forward to speaking to you during the webinar.